Valorant first impressions and overview with former CSGO pro Maniac - Dexerto

Valorant first impressions and overview with former CSGO pro Maniac

Published: 3/Apr/2020 18:05 Updated: 3/Oct/2020 10:33

by Joe O'Brien


The Valorant closed beta launches on April 7, meaning players will finally have a chance to get hands-on with Riot Games’ highly anticipated FPS.

Some fortunate players have already had some time playing the game, however, and Dexerto has teamed up with former CS:GO pro Mathieu ‘Maniac’ Quiquerez to bring you insight into the game and help you hit the ground running.


Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know to get you started with Valorant.

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What is Valorant?

Valorant is a tactical FPS featuring round-based, 5v5 gameplay. Much like CSGO, teams will play as attacking and defending sides, with the attacking team looking to plant the “spike” at one of the target sites, and the defenders attempting to stop them from doing so, or defuse the spike if it’s been planted.


It’s a very familiar game mode to anyone who has played Counter-Strike or Call of Duty’s Search and Destroy, with each player having one life per round. In Valorant, the winning team is the first to hit 13 rounds.

How do agents work in Valorant?

Each player must pick a unique character, known as agents. There are currently nine Agents in the beta version of the game, and there can be no duplicates on a team. Unlike League of Legends, however, where there can only be a single version of each champion in any game, both teams can use the same agents.

Each agent has access to four unique abilities – two regular abilities, one “signature” ability, and one powerful ultimate ability. The regular and signature abilities must be purchased each round using the in-game currency, while ults charge up throughout the game.

Valorant's Sova.
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Players in Valorant pick unique agents that each have access to different abilities.

Valorant weapons and economy

Taking another leaf from CS:GO’s book, Valorant uses an economy system, with players having a certain amount of ‘Creds’ to spend each round on abilities and weapons. Players can earn Creds for securing kills, and also an amount depending on the outcome of each round.

Different weapons have varying handling and damage characteristics, and with a fairly high level of recoil in most cases once you start spraying it will definitely take some practice to learn how to remain accurate beyond the first few bullets. In most cases, players are going to be rewarded for high precision, aiming for quick headshots and short bursts over full-on sprays.

Dexerto’s Take: Information is key

From his hands-on experience with the game, Maniac highlights that information is one of the most important elements of Valorant. With maps featuring three sites as opposed to CSGO’s two, it’s perhaps even more important for both teams to try to figure out exactly where enemies are and where they’re headed, so they can react accordingly.


Some agents particularly excel in this area – such as Sova, with his Owl Drone and Recon Bolt, and Cypher with Spycam and Neural theft abilities – and having these available on a team may well prove vital.

That should be everything you need to get you started, but keep an eye on Dexerto for more detailed breakdowns of the game’s various agents, weapons, and more.


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.


As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

Valorant First Strike art
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First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

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Will we see much of new Act III map Icebox in the First Strike tournament?

The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.